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Board talks on Spring Concert

ASI passes budget that affects funding for artist selection as well as school services NURAN ALTEIR For the Daily Titan

The ASI Board of Directors discussed the booking of Spring Concert artists and approved the proposed Titan Student Centers budget at its regular meeting Tuesday. During the meeting, the board went into a special meeting to discuss problems with booking an artist for the Spring Concert, which is scheduled for April 22. Originally, ASI Productions wanted to book Far East Movement, but the plan fell through due to transportation issues. After trying to book Pitbull and Keri Hilson, ASI asked to add seven more artists for possible booking, including Nicki Minaj, the Cataracs, Cobra Starship and Lil’ Wayne. The artists are in order of popularity among students. ASI approved up to $40,000 to book one of the seven artists yet to be decided, and tickets will not be released until the artist is booked. The proposed Titan Student Centers budget that was passed includes $7.94 million in operating funds and an additional $415,500 for capital equipment and improvement. Kurt Borsting, the TSC board director, said he was happy with how the board has handled the budget. The current budget has allowed Cal State Fullerton to offer TSC services to students at a price that is competitive to sister campuses. “It really represents that the student leadership here with (ASI) have been very prudent with their money,” said Borsting. “I think they’ve provided services that students at Cal State Fullerton can be proud of. And they’ve done so in a way that’s conservative and they haven’t overextended themselves.” According to a draft of the proposed operating budget, TSC general services will receive $1.89 million, Titan Bowl and Billiards is planned to receive $189,169 and the Emergency Preparedness and Response is planned to receive $13,755. See MEETING, page 2


Laura James was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 12, now is a symbol and rallying point for Relay for Life GABRIELLE ABUTOM Daily Titan

You may have seen her around campus – cheering next to you at a baseball game, representing you as president of the Resident Student Association, even sitting behind you in class. This soft-spoken, brown-haired girl looks like any other 21-year-old Cal State Fullerton student, but what sets her apart is

her remarkable story. Laura James has wanted to be a lawyer since she was six years old. She even dressed up as Judge Judy for career day when she was in the third grade. As she showed me her childhood pictures, I noticed something peculiar – the pictures suddenly stopped around seventh grade. See JAMES, page 5

Mai Hayakawa’s life was cut short when she became an innocent victim of a drunk-driving incident near campus ANNA GLEASON Daily Titan

Cal State Fullerton theatre alumna Mai Hayakawa wrote in her junior high resume that she desired to become “an actress with great talent or an actress for a small theater in a small town, enjoying the smile of the audience.” To honor Mai’s dream, her family, CSUF

and the New York Theatre Intensives (NYTI) have formed the Mai Hayakawa Memorial Scholarship Fund that will be awarded annually to a deserving CSUF student. “I’m so grateful for this memorial fund,” said Mai’s mother, Chiho Hayakawa. “This is our power and people who loved Mai’s power in making this huge fund.”

Going to class with a gun

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Graduate student juggles school and life as a campus police officer CHRISTOPHER PARK Daily Titan

He didn’t have time to change. His day consisted of his job and then straight to class. He got some raised eyebrows and strange looks, especially on the first day, but “Why not play along, just for kicks,” he thought and pretended to look around for the weirdo drawing all the attention. With a gun strapped to his waist and a badge indicating his employment within Cal State Fullerton’s police department, he was definitely an odd sight. This was typical for Chauncey Fonner last semester, when he went to two of his classes in uniform. After moving from West Virginia to Orange when he was 12, he’s been an Orange resi-

dent for the last 13 years. Currently a police officer in CSUF’s University Police, he graduated cum laude in June 2008, majoring in criminal justice with an emphasis in cultural diversity. Now he balances his career as an officer on and around campus while enrolled in a master’s program for public administration. This never was Fonner’s first choice in his career path. Initially, he wanted to work within a different sector of law. “To be honest with you, initially, I wanted to be a lawyer,” said Fonner. It was only until his senior year that he ran into an alarmingly high number of people within the law profession who seemed unhappy with their jobs. “On my last semester, I took an internship course and really took it upon

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myself to really take a hands-on look at the law profession, and I met a lot of people who genuinely did not enjoy their job working in a law office,” Fonner said when deciding that, well, he didn’t want to make a living doing something that didn’t make him happy. So, he shifted gears and looked toward the profession of law enforcement, drawn by the sense of camaraderie that he felt, reminding him of the sense of togetherness when he played baseball. Clearly, he was physically capable of becoming a police officer and his talent in the sport was what paid for his education, as he was awarded scholarships from schools. See FONNER, page 2

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Arboretum kicks off Earth Week Exposition Event aimed at promoting an environmental consciousness at CSUF FRANCES LEE Daily Titan

NURAN ALTEIR / Daily Titan The Board of Directors passed the TSC budget and discussed the Spring Concert Tuesday.

MEETING: $7.94 million in TSC funds ...Continued from page 1 Building Engineering is set to receive $1.43 million of the proposed TSC Operating Budget, which may include installing advanced hand dryers and a new digital signage system in the TSC. Two major projects include enhancing the Alumni Lounge to look more like an alumni lounge and replacing the emergency generator. The TSC Governing Board is set to receive $64,484. In addition to approving the TSC budget, the board unanimously approved a request to hold Vietnamese Culture Night off campus by the Vietnamese Student Association. A VSA member said they hope to portray issues that face the Vietnamese

community during their culture night, like education, materialism and sexuality. The VSA Culture Night event will be free of charge and is open for anyone to attend. The board also passed a resolution to support two versions of the DREAM ACT, AB130 and AB131. “AB 130 is essentially giving undocumented citizens the ability to receive the state university grant, which is awarded to the neediest student in the CSU, and they will be eligible for that after all California residents have received their grants already,” said Gregory Washington, ASI chief governmental officer. After the special-agenda meeting, the ASI Board of Directors went back into a regular meeting to discuss and amend the proposed ASI budget.

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The Cal State Fullerton Environmental Advocacy program is planning an Earth Week Expo featuring films, workshops and art shows to encourage students to become more environmentally aware. Beginning Saturday, Earth Day will be kicked off with Green Scene, the largest plant sale in California for over 20 years, at the Arboretum. Patrons travel from as far as Arizona and Washington to buy, sell and trade anything that has to do with plants. Greg Dyment, the Arboretum director for 14 years, stresses the beauty and simplicity of plants and how easily they can be transitioned into anybody’s life. “I wish more people would come by and learn about plants and what you can do with them,” said Dyment. “They can be used for medicinal purposes, to cook with, some you can eat right off the tree and of course they provide beauty in a landscape.” This year, Dyment noticed the trend in the plant industry is going toward plants that need less water. “Spending less money on landscaping means applying less water, and there are plenty of alternatives for that,” Dyment said. It is important to know so they can carry with them for the rest of their lives and enjoy and preserve the natural world. Expect people to look for plants. Monday will feature Keeping it Green in the Quad, where environmental organizations such as Green Peace and Surfrider Foundation will showcase green products and community outreach programs.

President Gordon will also be signing a Climate Commitment and Tallories Declaration, hosted by the CSUF Sustainability Task Force. This will document the climate commitment at CSUF and focus on taking the necessary steps to address energy issues. Doug Moody, Associated Students Inc. Environmental Advocacy Committee chair, is trying to present ideas to be eco-friendly and equally efficient. “Students have a resistance from

interest in electric cars that “don’t have to burn fuel and pollute the air and cost less.” He also pointed out that the school is changing out the 32 watt fluorescent lights to 25 watt lights to save the campus 2.5 million kilowatt hours and $350,000. “We would like the students to take some of the concepts home and reduce the amount of carbon in the atmosphere,” Moody said. Willem van der Pol, the director of the Physical Plant, has been working at CSUF for 25 years and has been a vital part on the eco-friendly changes throughout the generations. “We are probably per student one of the most efficient campuses in California and perhaps in (the) United States. The amount of energy per student is fairly low compared. How We are probably per student much energy we use to heat and cool put lights on, one of the most efficient camplugging in computers,” puses in California and persaid van der Pol. “Twenty years ago the heating and haps in (the) United States. cooling ran all the time. Now we schedule systems -Willem van der Pol better; when there are no Director of the Physical Plant people in facilities we turn them off. Keep looking for ways to be efficient.” Van der Pol also stresses to students to be “aware about your carbon footprint and the importance of becoming more independent to energy so we can recreate a livable and productive environment for many generations to come.” By turning off lights, heating/cooling and saving environmentalism because they paper, van der Pol said it will save think it’s more expensive, but there the environment and money. are many things that are better for The festivals will run until April the environment and make your 23 throughout the school at varilife easier, cost less, greener,” said ous locations. Moody, a civil engineering graduAdmission and parking fees will ate student. vary. More information can be Moody, who was appointed in found at of 2010, shows particular ernment/lobbycorps.

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“I saw baseball as a business proposition to pay for school,” Fonner said. He played until age 22 and eventually “decided to get on with his career soon after.” As Fonner looked into the world of law enforcement, he found it immediately appealing. “I started going on ride-alongs, and I really sensed that camaraderie amongst law enforcement and that was something that initially drew me toward that profession,” he said. Soon enough, Fonner put himself through the academy and was hired onto CSUF’s police force in June 2009. For Fonner, this isn’t a temporary station; he plans to stay for a very, very long time. “I wouldn’t give up what I have at Cal State Fullerton for anything,” Fonner said. “I am here to stay. I look to do 30 years here,” reaffirming his dedication and commitment to CSUF’s police force. So the rest is bound to be history –almost. Fonner is enrolled within CSUF’s MPA program with hopes of working on the higher levels of a police department, because that’s really where he wants to be. “Honestly, policy is my true love,” Fonner said with a bit of a jesting tone, but seeming entirely earnest

DTSHORTHAND Ethical Dilemmas Examined in Event The 41st Annual Cal State Fullerton Philosophy Symposium will begin Thursday. The event, titled, “Disagreement in Ethics and Epistemology,” will host lecturers from around the world on the CSUF campus who will focus on the issue of disagreement in relation to epistemology. Epistemology relates to a branch of philosophy concerned with nature and scope of knowledge. This particular field focuses on the truth, belief and justification notions in the field of philosophy. The symposium will aim to address ethics, disagreement and moral issues in following lectures “Realism Without Convergence,” “Disagreement About Fairness” and “Evidence of Evidence is Evidence.” The two-day event will host several worldly lecturers such as Christine Swanton, author on virtue ethics from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Also appearing is Thomas Kelly, author on epistemology disagreement from Princeton University. Along with international lecturers, CSUF’s very own professors will be leading lectures on the issue of persistent disagreement of ethics. The event will showcase nine lectures over the course of two days. The event will be held in the Titan Student Union Pavilion C from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and is free for all to attend. Brief by Jeanette Castaneda

Chevrolet Recruits Generation Y Generation Y Advertising students started their Chevrolet promotional campaign, allowing CSUF students, faculty and alumni to experience the features on the new Camaro, Cruze and Equinox. “Changing With You” will be placed around congested areas on campus to reach as many people as possible to change their ideas on American-made vehicles. The event started Monday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will end Thursday. Students are allowed to participate throughout the week in themed events. Some of the activities include a scavenger hunt and using the vehicles’ navigational systems to find specified locations. Students can also enjoy food, music and giveaways. The campaign is Gen-Y Advertising’s final project for the spring 2011 marketing program. This program allows them to gain professional experience by working with a real advertising agency. Brief by Cynthia Rodriguez

TSU Art Project Deadline Extended Courtesy of Chauncey Fonner Officer Chauncey Fonner is pursuing his master’s degree in public administration here at Cal State Fullerton all while working for the University Police.

about it once he started elaborating. “It’s always been interesting to me, the implementation of policy, and how that carries over to the direction or mission of a department and organization. And one day, I want to work upper-level management at a police department, hopefully at Cal State Fullerton.” Hopefully, Fonner will find his career path to be with CSUF because of his belief of communicating with citizens. “I want to bridge the gap between, especially the students here at the university, faculty, staff and the police department,” Fonner said when discussing a “gap in communication.” Fonner remarked that he himself was not aware CSUF had a police department when he was attending the school and only found out much later in his college career. He doesn’t want that disconnect to exist any longer. “It’s vital to not only combating crime, but to also establish positive relationships. We’re here on behalf of

the people. We’re here to serve them and if they don’t feel comfortable talking to us, what makes us think that they’ll contact us when there’s a crime in progress or if they’re a victim of a crime?” he said. So, he’s off to a good start and has known opinions of Fonner throughout the division seem high. “He’s one of our most energetic, very motivated officers,” said Lt. John Brockie, when asked about Fonner. Fonner has the ambition, but for now, patrolling CSUF and the areas around gives him the diplomatic flexibility he wants to establish and the job satisfaction that he always wanted. “It’s the nationally accredited men and women of our police department that makes this job so rewarding,” Fonner said. “At the end of the day, we’re willing to put our lives on the line for each other and to have that and know that, it’s really a great feeling. It really is. It’s hard to explain, you know, the feeling you have. It’s just second to none.”

The deadline for posters or mini-exhibits of student action and research regarding sustainability has been extended. Selected displays will be presented in the TSU Alvarado-AB Room Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. as part of Earth Week. According to the Environmental Studies Student Association and the Center for Sustainability’s informational flier, “sustainability is broadly defined.” Designs can include the following elements regarding the environment: biodiversity, natural resources, architecture and urban planning. Topics on education, culture, economics, society and art can also be used to address the issue of sustainability. Poster or mini-exhibit designs must be submitted by midnight Friday to michael.mikulewicz@csu. For more information and requirements on submission, visit your Cal State Fullerton Student Portal. Brief by Arianne Custer


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After the bookbuying frenzy


The Titan Shops bookstore transforms after the initial rush of students purchasing books JOSE CHAMU SANTANA For the Daily Titan

The Titan Shops bookstore is, arguably, the most popular place at Cal State Fullerton when everyone is rushing to get their textbooks the first couple weeks of the semester. After the frenzy, however, the bookstore seems to slow down just a little bit. Currently, the second floor of the bookstore looks lonely. Shelves and stacks of textbooks dominate the area. The low humming of the escalator is the loudest sound audible. The director of the bookstore, Chuck Kissel, tells us what goes on in the second floor after the first weeks of the semester when they see the most traffic. “The bookstore conducts operational activities such as processing returns of unsold books to publishers, a physical count of remaining inventory, cleaning and preparation for the upcoming semester,” said Kissel. The first floor of the bookstore, on the other hand, is a different story, as a good amount of students roam through, looking at the CSUF sweaters and T-shirts, buying test materials or playing around with the computers in the electronics section. Ruben Aceves, 20, an international business major, has worked for the bookstore for three years and said the bookstore still gets a decent amount of traffic after those chaotic first couple weeks. “The games still bring in a lot of customers who come in to get some gear,” said Aceves. The “gear” is what sells the most at the bookstore, he said, pointing toward the sports attire. Other customers still get their gear along with other essentials. “I usually get snacks and stuff,” said Kaila Hara, 21, a business major, while shopping for her graduation regalia. “I work on campus, so every day I’ll get a snack and go.” Students are able to buy snacks at the Titan Express, the small convenience store connected to the bookstore. Hara also comes to the bookstore to get “gear” in the form CSUF merchandise for her family. But snacks and gear aren’t the only products that sell well. “We still get people coming in for supplies. We get moderate traffic for

that,” Aceves said. “I’ll buy Scantrons, mostly, and pencils because I’ll usually forget them,” Hara said. Other students get a little combination of both gear and student essentials. “I come get school supplies,” said Grace Galarza, 20, an entertainment studies major. “Pens, pencils, Scantrons. I buy clothes, shirts, sweaters.” And like Hara, Galarza also comes often for snacks. Jenny Kha, 22, said she usually never comes to the bookstore and when she does, it is only when she needs something. When asked what she comes for, she simply said, “For my art supplies.” Throughout the semester the bookstore conducts “secret sales,” which Kissel said attracts more students than usual. Students can sign up for these secret sales through the bookstore’s website, The bookstore also hosts independent retailers and services such as Juice It Up!, School’s First Federal Credit Union and U.S. Bank. “The yogurt shop has a nice, steady flow,” Aceves said. “Everyone in there is either studying or doing some work.” The bank branches inside are rarely used as well. “I just use the ATM … outside,” Kha said. According to the website, there are seven retail departments located inside the bookstore: textbooks, general merchandise, reference books and course packs, Titan Tech, customer service, the convenience stores and E-Services. They also offer other special services that include special orders for books, year-round textbook buyback, class rings, caps, gowns and graduation announcements. Other branches of the bookstore include Titan Empori-yum, located on the first floor of the Titan Student Union, and the Brief Stop on the second floor of Langsdorf Hall. The Shop24 vending machine, located in the Humanities Plaza, is also stocked and maintained by the bookstore. According to Kissel, the Brief Stop is the busiest. The bookstore is open Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and closes at 3 p.m. Friday.

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MARK SAMALA / Daily Titan Once the mobs disperse from the bookstore at the beginning of the semester, it is rare to see students walking the aisles. Employees use this time for operational activities.


By the numbers No team of candidates won the required 50 percent of votes in the initial election to secure the presidency and vice presidency.


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Career advice from ‘Apprentice’ vet Nicole Chiu spoke to CSUF students about her life and someday landing their dream jobs STEPHANIE GOMEZ Daily Titan

Her birth announcement read, “A new addition to the firm.” Talk about family pressure. Nicole Chiu, J.D., from the 2010 season of The Apprentice was on campus Tuesday night to let students know “It’s OK if you don’t know what you want to do.” Chiu is the featured speaker for the AAPI National Heritage Month and spoke about life after The Apprentice, women in the media and how to discover your dream job. “There are just a lot of different possibilities that I don’t think people are aware of when they go to college. They think they have to find a 9 to 5 and settle,” said Chiu. “What I hope that students will take away is an understanding that

there are many, many possibilities for their futures and for their career paths,” said Jennifer Yee, a professor in Asian-American studies and part of the event planning. Chiu graduated with a double major in Asian-American studies and women’s studies from UC Irvine. She then went on to receive her Juris Doctorate, a professional doctorate and graduate degree in law, from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. During her session titled, “Who Will You Become? Explore the Possibilities,” Chiu encouraged students not to settle for the expected. “I think the biggest tip I have is just to be open to changes in plans and possibilities and doing whatever you need to do to find what I call your dream job, and that may be a combination of things and it may be something you don’t expect and it may be a day job and moon-

WILLIAM CAMARGO / Daily Titan Nicole Chiu talks to students about lessons learned from being on The Apprentice.

lighting at night,” Chiu said. Natasha Kadimi, 20, an English major, attended the event for a very specific reason. “I want to kind of take the same path as her and I want to go for my Juris Doctorate also, so I thought it would be good to see her talk about her experiences,” said Kadimi. Yee has seen Chiu speak before. “When she came to my class last semester, the students came away saying, ‘Oh my gosh, I think differently about what I can do hearing Nicole’s story,’ so we thought we’d bring her back because she was very, very inspirational in my classes,” Yee said. Chadwick Vargas, president of the Asian Pacific Islander Student Association, was a collaborator for the event and helped host the lecture. “I think she’s great. I also like the fact that she is a female. That might be strange coming from me, but there seems to be a lot of male leaders, and it’s nice to have someone like her (who is) able to offer herself and her services to us,” said Vargas.

Chiu also recognized the need for female leadership and encouraged aspiring businesswomen to support and mentor each other. Chiu explained the equality we have now in the workplace is not good enough. Chiu explained to students that the future is open to them, and they didn’t need to feel stuck because of their major. “That’s exactly what I want to talk about, is the fact that it’s OK, get your degree, you can always take classes later after the fact. You can always explore outside of your career,” Chiu said. Chiu acknowledged the potential risk of shooting for your dreams. “You will never be comfortable risking, that’s why it’s a risk. I quit a well-paying job to go on The Apprentice. It doesn’t get more risky than that, but I survived and I’m flourishing and I’m much happier now,” Chiu said. Asian Pacific Heritage Month began Thursday and runs through May 2 at Cal State Fullerton. The theme is “Fusion,” with more events scheduled for the rest of the month.



April 13, 2011

Crossing the spray-painted line

There’s a difference between graffiti as art and as vandalism, but under whose rules? JEANETTE CASTANEDA Daily Titan

Is a picture of a half-naked Virgin Mary spray-painted on the side of an abandoned building considered art? Is a stenciled image of a napalmed Vietnamese girl holding hands with Ronald McDonald and Mickey Mouse on a city wall considered vandalism? Both instances involve the use of public property. But why is one praised as street art and the other discarded as ugly vandalism? While work by Banksy, a street artist whose pieces have been featured on street walls around the world, is being auctioned off for thousands of dollars, many people still say graffiti is pure vandalism. Why the high price tag for vandalism? Well for starters, one cannot ignore the fact that Banksy is talented. But in the context of defacing public property to create such impressive art, he is definitely guilty of this just like any other street artist. Yet, his work is heralded as genius. The topic of whether graffiti is art or a form of ugly vandalism seems to have blurred our artistic vision. A line must be drawn. “People that are against graffiti say it’s vandalism, and people that like it say it’s art,” said Donald Lagerberg, a professor in the Visual Arts Department. “It’s a big topic with artists, and it is a tough one to define.” It is understandable that no one wants their public property or local neighborhood defaced with a mural they do not approve of, or one that causes upset because of its

ANDREW KWOK / Daily Titan As poetic and humorous as some vandalism in the Humanities bathrooms may be, defacing public property is a serious crime.

content, thus devaluing the neighborhood as a whole. Real estate is all about location. I get that. And I am sure local artists can agree and understand this as well. OK, so the line can be drawn here. But why does the work of JeanMichel Basquiat, who was notorious for his graffiti artwork in the late ‘80s, hang in reputable art museums like the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art? This gives the public and the same local artists a mixed message. That message says it’s OK for one person to do it and become famous in the process, but not everyone. Oh, and we will arrest you if we catch you, just like your famous friends too. Art connoisseurs have labeled both of the aforementioned graf-

fiti artists’ work as intriguingly provocative despite its highly illegal nature. If more than one artist can obviously succeed in a controversial art form like graffiti, then how can we tell others not to do it without sounding hypocritical? Wait. So, the line is back over here? “The societal opponents are people who want to control the tone of their neighborhood or building,” Lagerberg said. “I think it would take some careful thinking on the subject to come up with any kind of law that is not grossly unfair to one side or the other. You cannot make it open season.” Indeed. It cannot be open season for just anyone to dictate regulations. If we attempted to legitimately regulate graffiti (taking down some pieces and obviously leaving

up those that are worth money like Banksy’s), then society’s street art would only be the representation of one group of people. Goodbye, diversity. We thrive on the collective art of all people, regardless of taste. That is likely why this issue has not seen regulation since the birth of hip-hop graffiti culture over 30 years ago. The question is much deeper than if graffiti is vandalism or not. It has more to do with who has the authority to regulate this fairly and how. Can you still see the line? It’s blurry, but it’s there. It’s just waiting for someone with a handful of chalk to come by and clearly mark it - fairly, of course - so that it keeps the preservation and expressionism of the arts at its core… somewhere in there, at least.

RE: Should we be concerned about radiation from Japan? I read the Devil’s Advocate article in the April 7, 2011 edition of the Daily Titan, and I would like to make a few comments. I am a junior of electrical engineering and an avid reader of the newspaper. Also, I am presently researching the health effects of electromagnetic radiation from power transmission lines, so this topic is something of great present concern to me. While the opinions presented were interesting to read, I have to say that neither of the authors seemed to understand the nature of nuclear radiation nor the differences between nuclear radiation (NR) and electromagnetic radiation (EMR). This is most exemplified when Erik Aguilar wrote, “Our cell phones release more radiation than what these monitors are detecting in the air.” This statement is incorrect. Cell phones release microwave radiation in order to transmit the signal to a nearby cellular phone tower, which is then directed to a satellite or another tower as part of a network. These signals are not nuclear in nature and the effect they have on the human body is quite different from the effect of nuclear radiation as caused by emission of high energy beta and gamma particles. For one thing, microwave EMR exists only for as long as there is a source to propagate those signals. Ionizing beta particles, on the other hand, last for years and are capable of penetrating the skin, causing long-term cellular damage in high enough doses. In the case of Chernobyl, people were experiencing negative health effects many, many years after initial exposure. Indeed, entire cities in the Ukraine are deserted because of the polluting effects of radioactive decay and emission of these dangerous particles. Again, microwave radiation is very different from nuclear radiation, even if they both “radiate.” Even further along, Aguilar states, “People are also exposed to radiation from everyday appliances like the microwave.” Again, microwave ovens and radios DO NOT emit radioactive particles of the alpha, beta or gamma variety. The physics governing EMR and nuclear radiation, while related by things like wave mechanics, quantum mechanics, relativity and Maxwell’s Equations, are still very distinct phenomena. It is a common misunderstanding in the popular imagination that EMR and nuclear radiation are the same thing. Nevertheless, they are not. I do not know what Aguilar’s area of expertise is nor do I know it for Nicolette Grant, but I do believe that future opinion pieces for the Daily Titan should be more carefully researched lest more scientific inaccuracies be perpetuated about the ongoing crisis in Japan. I fully appreciate that the Devil’s Advocate is a set opinion piece article. Even so, it is very important for all the articles in the Daily Titan to be guided by scientific accuracy. It is for the benefit of the readers to be properly informed of the matters at stake in Japan and everywhere else in our lives. It is why I am undertaking research into the health effects of EMR from transmission lines, and it is why I am taking a moment to bring these scientific comments to the attention of the Daily Titan staff. Myles Cupp Electrical Engineering

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We are not allowed to look away The greatest country in the world owes help to others in times of trouble


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With all of the different disasters going on all over the world, the United States’ involvement with relief efforts has come into question once again. Will we send money and foreign aid to those in need around the world? Or should we concentrate on our own problems before we look beyond our borders to foreign lands? In the history of the United States we have never been allowed not to help the rest of the world. After the Civil War our country became industrialized and we were no longer viewed as a rebellious country filled of nothing but farmers with pitchforks. For at least the last 250 years, we have been leaving our borders to help a neighbor or ally and aid in wars that were not our own. However, when World War I broke out in 1914 we decided to practice the idea of isolationism. That was not a very popular idea, and after several years the United States finally entered the war and never looked back. It seems that since World War I we have been involved in many other conflicts, which included military coups and even trying to rescue the Russian czar and reinstate him in 1918. Even when we tried to stay out of World War II we were still involved. Aiding England and depriving Japan of oil were not exactly staying out of things. Our country founded the United Nations and uses that in order to have a say in issues all over the world. We aid in foreign affairs, say yes or no to other countries, and send money and help when needed. What has resulted in this constant world presence that we have established is a double-edged sword. If we do not go and help in foreign affairs or natural disasters, the world calls upon us either with pleas or shouts of fury asking why

we are not there. Yet, if we do go in we are met many times with resistance and anger for meddling in that country’s affairs. It is true that sometimes we do go into a foreign country for our own gain or mainly because getting involved with this country is in our best interest or in the interest of national security. For these endeavors, the United States government has prepared a budget for who to help and where the money goes. The president’s 2012 budget proposal states that it, “Reflects hard choices based on a clear view of where a dollar of funding could have the greatest impact.” Foreign services will increase by 25 percent in the next three years. $1 billion is set aside to assist the development of “fragile states.” $8.7 billion will be given to the Global Health Initiative and 4.2 billion will be given to help victims of conflict, natural disaster and forced migration. Our country plans huge chunks of money to be given to foreign countries months and years in advance. Why? Because we know that we have a responsibility to help the other citizens of the world. Being the most diverse country in the world, we have several groups of different cultures scattered across the 50 states that call out to try and help their friends and family back in their country of origin. Media only perpetuates this idea by showing images of Americans with a certain ethnic heritage that comment on an event. When trouble broke out in Egypt, Americans who had some links to Egypt were on the news that night. Our campus has been involved in aid efforts for Japan ever since the earthquake struck, hosting many kinds of fundraisers and seminars in order to offer assistance. It may be the country that we grew up in or the strong roots we feel with the country that our ancestors came from, but as Ameri-

If we do not go and help in foreign affairs or natural disasters, the world calls upon us either with pleas or shouts of fury asking why we are not there. Yet, if we do go in we are met many times with resistance and anger for meddling in that country’s affairs.

cans we cannot simply sit back and not help in some way. It may be after an event has occurred or while it is still going on, but we like and enjoy being involved with some sort of foreign aid, be it just dropping a dollar in a donations jar. As the most powerful country in the world, we are looked upon to help those who are less fortunate. We did the same thing in our War for Independence. Emissaries were sent to the heads of the powerful European countries, such as France and the Netherlands, to aid in plight. Now, 235 years later, we are returning the favor.

April 13, 2011

A murder mystery in France Cal State Fullerton professor researches and writes novel on 1937 murder mystery FLOR EDWARDS Daily Titan

On the warm spring evening of May 16, 1937, 29-year-old Italian immigrant Laetitia Toureaux boarded the Metro in Paris after a night of dancing at L’Ermitage. Less than an hour later she was found slumped over near a cabin window with an 8-inch stiletto in her neck. No one witnessed the crime. She was pronounced dead after being transported to Hôpital Saint-Antoine. The unsolved murder pervaded the news in France the following summer as journalists and investigators sought to unveil the assassin, but to no avail. Sixty years later Cal State Fullerton professor and historian Gayle Brunelle headed on a flight bound for France with her friend and colleague Annette Finley-Croswhite. As she waited for the stewardess to serve dinner, Brunelle reached into her carry-on bag and pulled out a book entitled, Paris Dreambook: An Unconventional Guide to the Splendor and Squalor of the City. Brunelle always wanted to be a writer. She was born into a poor family of French-Canadian ancestry in Rutland, Vt. Her parents never went to college. At the urging of her uncle, a professor, she began her undergraduate college career at St. Michael’s Catholic College in Vermont. A 4.0 student, Brunelle enrolled in a creative writing course. The only problem was the teacher was a poet and Brunelle wanted to write novels. She earned her first B in creative writing and decided “this is not going to work.” Since she needed to stay at the college because of excellent funding, but had no one else to work with, Brunelle decided to major in history, partly because she liked the stories and partly because “the history professor was really good looking,” said Brunelle. In May of 1988 she earned her Ph.D. from Emory University in Atlanta. She got tenured at CSUF the following September. She received grants and summer money from the National

Endowment for the Humanities and began yearly pilgrimages to France to continue her research in early modern Europe and the Atlantic world history. Her interest in the exchange of cultures and genes that created Atlantic world culture would eventually lead her to the unconventional guide book both her and her friend picked up before boarding their flight in May 1997. Brunelle met Finley-Croswhite in graduate school. They traveled to France every year together. In 1997 they set out once again to research a massive project on Spanish and Portuguese merchants in France. They spent eight hours a day, six days a week flipping through massive archival documents handwritten in French. In the afternoons, boredom would push them to do things like sip Hippocrate, a strong liquor drank by Henry IV, and apply masks to their faces. One afternoon while sitting in the small living room watching French TV, their faces covered in a clay, FinleyCroswhite turned to Brunelle and said, “By the way, what do you think about this weird story of Laetitia Toureaux?” “I read that book! I have that book,” Brunelle said, referring to the travel guide they both read on their flight. It was on the plane that they both read three paragraphs about the unsolved murder of Laetitia Toureaux. “Essentially, we discovered the story quite by happenstance,” Finley-Croswhite said. Driven partly by curiosity and partly by naivety, the two women set out to explore the murder of Toureaux. Little did they know, the case was a “lockedroom mystery,” where the perpetrator remains unknown. They were shocked to discover that except for a few pages in various books and a TV special in the 1970s, not even a full chapter was ever devoted to the murder. They set out to investigate. On their first day of trying to solve the mystery of Toureaux, a young woman in her 20s was working the reference desk of the archives. It was late afternoon and nearly closing time. Brunelle knew judicial records in France are much more complicated because they have a Napoleonic system with three distinct branches–the local police, the gendarme or military that handles police affairs and the federal investigative police equal to the FBI. When a crime

is committed these three branches are in competition with each other and consequently files are kept top secret, making it difficult to track them down. As they searched through the records they noticed the references stopped at 1935, two years before Toureaux’s murder. They asked the librarian if they could see the records. “We have to keep these records behind the desk because of the rules,” she told them. An older man pulled the librarian aside and spoke in French. When they came back he said, “I’m sorry. It’s 10 minutes to closing time. You have to come back tomorrow.” When they came back the next day, eager to see the inventory, someone else was at the desk. “There’s no inventory of that series from that period at all,” she said. “We have no idea what you’re talking about.” At that point Brunelle would have thought she had gone “stark raving mad” if her colleague hadn’t been with her flipping through the files the day before. For the next five years they wrote letters to the highest echelon of archives, but were met with the same response in strongly worded letters: “There is no inventory. You couldn’t have seen it. We wouldn’t be hiding it from you.” They soon discovered that Toureaux was linked to the “Cagoule,” a secret extreme-right French terrorist organization. It became apparent that the two women stumbled into something bigger than they realized, but the curiosity of what was being hidden from them combined with the need to tell Toureaux’s story urged them onward. Persistence and timing led them to the documents necessary to research Toureaux and the Cagoule. A new administrative regime emerged in France in 2001. The French laws in privacy loosened in 2002 and when they went back to the police archives soon thereafter, the judicial files had mysteriously “been found.” Next came the task of writing. Another obstacle Brunelle faced was learning how to tell the story so it could appeal to a popular audience. Brunelle wanted to frame her material in a way so there was a narrative arc while staying true to history. Brunelle had an advantage in that she liked writing fiction. A college encounter with a poetry teacher discour-

Safely surrendering babies to the city

CAMILLE TARAZON / Daily Titan The city of Fullerton fire station headquarters is a location that participates in the Safely Surrendered Baby law.

The city of Fullerton participates in Safely Surrendered Baby law for unwanted children KRISSY PAINE For the Daily Titan

Is the safest place for a baby in its mother’s arms? More than 4 million babies are born each year in the United States, according to Most of those babies are born into an environment where their parents are willing and able to take care of their child. However, for the mothers and fathers that are unable to provide a stable situation for their child, there is California’s Safely Surrendered Baby law. The law allows parents to safely surrender their child within 72 hours of the baby being born. That way, the parents will not be prosecuted for abandonment and the baby is protected from harm. The city of Fullerton participates in the baby safe surrender program in many ways. Dawn Colwell, fire prevention specialist for the Fullerton Fire Department, listed a number of places for a parent to utilize the baby safe surrender program, such as the St. Jude Hospital, Fullerton fire headquarters/station 1 and any fire station with a baby safe surrender sign. Unfortunately, many people believe the program is not being utilized as much as it should be.

Joe Albert Garcia, an assistant professor in the Human Services Department at Cal State Fullerton, is one of those people. “The law is almost certainly not being used enough. There is just not enough promotion of this law for it to be commonly known to all mothers who might find themselves in this situation,” said Garcia. “Despite the law, babies are still abandoned in unsafe ways or are only discovered after it is too late. From state information, there is still at least one baby a month abandoned in an unsafe way in California … and those are only the ones we know about,” Garcia added. One public case of a baby being abandoned in an unsafe way happened in April of 2010. Yoselin Torres Tovar, 18, was arrested by Fullerton detectives for the murder of her infant daughter. The baby was murdered in Tovar’s home and died of multiple stab wounds to the torso area. After the incident, the Fullerton Police Department decided it was a good time to remind residents of other ways to handle an unwanted child. Also, many fire stations in Fullerton with signs will accept the baby without any questions asked. Even though the state of California Department of Social Services promotes education to the public, many parents are still in need of guidance. Colwell has advice for unsure parents, saying, “Seek help. Talk to your family, friends, clergy member, teacher, doctor, nurse or call 2-1-1 for assistance.”

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Even today, there are debates on whether or not the Safely Surrendered Baby law is flawed. Mary Wickman, a registered nurse and coordinator in the CSUF nursing program, believes the law is “reasonable and does provide at least a 14-day cooling-off period if the parent changes their mind.” Parents that make use of the baby safe surrender program not only emotionally benefit themselves, but the baby as well. “One could argue overall that this law leads to even better long-term outcomes because the child will understand that their mother gave them up safely. Whereas the alternative is that a mother abandoned the child possibly to their death, which would obviously be a more difficult thing to accept for the child,” Garcia said. Wickman agrees, saying, “These aspects of the law (confidentiality, baby receives access to health care and adoption services) are beneficial to both the parent(s) and newborn because they provide physical safety for an infant that otherwise could be abandoned and die.” The safest place for a baby may not be its biological mother’s arms, but there are many people dedicated to providing the child with a loving and safe environment. If you or someone you know needs more information on the program and the Safely Surrendered Baby law, please visit these sites: BabySafe. and



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She has found a wonderful historical mystery. She has a passion for history and a passion for uncovering the truth. The book could certainly be made into a movie. -Jeff Brody Journalism Professor

aged her from pursuing creative writing, but she still had the desire to tell stories. She found the perfect opportunity in the murder of Laetitia Toureaux. The book begins with a timeline of Toureaux’s last hours and continues with an unraveling of the complicated, mysterious life of Toureaux and the crime that epitomized the turbulence of 1930s revolutionary France. Murder in the Metro was published by Louisiana State University Press in the spring of 2010 and was met with rave reviews, conjuring up talks of it being made into a movie. “It was a great story,” Finley-Croswhite said. “A historical whodunit with a wonderfully intriguing protagonist, Laetitia Toureaux.” Jeffrey Brody, professor of journalism at CSUF and longtime friend of Brunelle, said, “Gayle has been researching this story for years. She has found a wonderful historical mystery. She has a passion for history and a passion for uncovering the truth. The book could certainly be made into a movie.” Brunelle and Finley-Croswhite are currently working on a sequel to their first work of narrative nonfiction tentatively titled, Terrorist of the National Revolution: Eugene Deloncle in Vichy and Occupied France.

“I burned them,” said James. “I couldn’t bear to look at them.” She held up a picture of herself dressed in green. She seemed shy, smiling politely for her school’s yearbook. “This was the last picture taken of me before I was diagnosed with cancer,” James said. “I was 12.” In 2001, Laura was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, a cancer of the blood and bone marrow that is expected to take the lives of 910 people this year in California alone, according to the American Cancer Society. “A man I’d never seen before, my doctor, sat on the edge of my bed, crossed his arms, looked me in the eyes and said, ‘Laura, you have cancer. You’re going to lose all your hair, drop out of school and spend a lot of time in the hospital.’” After three rounds of chemotherapy, she went into remission for two years. Though she was fighting for her life, she had never grasped her situation. “I didn’t understand what was happening,” James said. “I was so young and I didn’t know what leukemia was. In the beginning I didn’t get sick for a while so I thought it wasn’t all that bad … I thought, ‘This was fine.’ It really doesn’t hit you. I didn’t know what a big deal it was because I was a just a child. It was probably a blessing in disguise.” At 14, Laura needed a bone marrow transplant – she had relapsed. The cancer came back. Doctors put her through three days of intensive chemotherapy followed by three days of relaxing and three more of radiation. The goal was to rid her body of bone marrow to the point where her blood counts reached zero, meaning she possessed no red or white blood cells. Following that was a four-month hospital stay with five weeks of isolation. “I was so sick and on so many medications,” James said. “Then I was on more medications to help with the side effects of the initial drugs. I slept through most of it, but when I was awake I just felt like the walls were closing in on me. It definitely made me claustrophobic.” Although Laura was in isolation, she was never really alone. Her mother, Ruthie James, spent every night in the


hospital, never leaving her side. “One year, the whole family moved into the hospital room to wake up together on Christmas morning,” said Ruthie. “I had to do what I could to keep the family intact. I couldn’t sleep. I still don’t sleep well. I haven’t been able to since Laura’s diagnosis.” Looking around Laura’s apartment, I immediately noticed two things – one, it’s meticulously clean and two, everything is pink. “Being in isolation for so long made me OCD about things,” James said. “Even though my counts are normal, I’m still a freak about germs.” An entire shelf was dedicated to her DVD collection, a list of books she planned to read hung on her wall and an entire corner of the living room was devoted to arts and crafts, revealing her three favorite pastimes – watching television, reading and making cards. “It’s all I could do,” James said. “It’s all anyone can do when they’re sick. Even if I couldn’t go outside and be an athlete, I could still be creative. Even though my life was on pause, I could still live through movies.” As of now, Laura is cancer-free, planning to graduate next year and continue on to fulfill her childhood dreams of becoming a lawyer. The seven-year cancer survivor admits her treatments left their marks, but she isn’t shy about her scars. Her roommate, Valerie Caseria, 20, believes what Laura went through shaped who she is today. “If she believes in something, she will stand by it firmly with no hesitation,” said Caseria. “She is an extremely strong-willed and determined leader.” No one can argue against that. Laura is currently a team leader for the upcoming Relay For Life. She’s one of the top fundraisers and plans on making her own thank-you cards for every donor. Her team name? Pink Hope.

April 13, 2011



CSUN graduate’s life shaken by Japan quake Former Cal State student survives earthquake, tsunami in Japan

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As of April 4, according to the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, the official death toll from the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck northeastern Japan was raised to 13,232, and 14,554 people are still missing. More than 145,000 people were made homeless and are living in shelters. Many people are still struggling to find ways to rebuild their lives from scratch. Hanae Sato, a Cal State Northridge 2010 graduate and a disaster victim, had started a new life to attend the nursing school in Yokohama city, which is 270 kilometers (170 miles) from her hometown,

Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture that has two nuclear plants. “All of a sudden, my family and friends have fallen apart,” said Sato. While she was eating a late lunch at home March 11, her cellphone received an emergency earthquake alert, and right after that books toppled from shelves and pictures fell from walls. “I never felt an earthquake that strong,” Sato said. Because her grandparents lived very close to the river, she went to their home to pick them up immediately before the tsunami struck the area. “I evacuated to the city library with my mom and my grandparents that night because of the continuous aftershocks, and my house was so messed up that we could not stay there,” Sato said. The earthquake and tsunami destroyed and swept everything away, such as the closest train station and her friends’ houses, Sato said. The

next day, she was forced to leave her hometown with her family after it was hit with a nuclear radiation threat, as the Fukushima Daiichi and Fukushima Daini nuclear power plants are only five kilometers (three miles) away from her home. The hydrogen explosion occurred on the same day. “It was so unreal to be true, especially to the elders that I had to yell at them sometimes. It was very tough to convince them that we needed to escape immediately,” Sato said. There was not enough time, and she could hardly take anything with her, only her wallet, some blankets, canned foods, a half-gallon of water and her two dogs. She, her parents, grandparents and two neighbors had headed to their first destination, Kashiwazaki, Niigata Prefecture by two cars, which was 340 kilometers (210 miles) away from Tomioka. They stopped at several shelters

and took rest there on the way. “The mess looked endless. Some roads no longer existed or (were) blocked by rubble, but the damage to the inland areas was not as bad as the areas along the coast where I used to live,” Sato said. Because she could not take her dogs to the shelter, she and her mom had to spend five days in a car with their dogs, and the elders stayed at the shelter. “It was snowing and brutally cold that the blanket was worthless, and we were woken by aftershock(s) every night. I was so scared,” Sato said. There were always lines of cars extended as long as a mile in front of the gas stations, and they limited the amount of gas per car, which was 10 liters (2.5 gallons) or 2,000 yen ($24), Sato said. “The more I went far away from my hometown, the more sad I became, thinking that I might not be able to go back there anymore,”

Sato said. In a week, finally they had arrived in Niigata Prefecture. A few days later, two neighbors who came all the way there with the Sato family went back to their own hometowns. “We stayed at the dormitory that my dad’s acquaintance owns. They were also the victims of the Chuetsu earthquake in 2004, so they knew how we felt and they were very nice to us,” Sato said. Her younger brother and his family joined together in Kashiwazaki, and they had headed to Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture leaving their parents, grandparents and two dogs there. After two weeks of three consecutive disasters, earthquakes, a tsunami, a nuclear radiation threat and a total of 660 kilometers (410 miles) of evacuation, they arrived in Yokohama March 25. “I’m feeling hopeless and helpless,” said Uyen Pham, a friend of Sato and a junior majoring in busi-

MAI: Legacy lives on through memorial scholarship fund ...Continued from page 1 Mai died in August 2010 after the driver of the car she was riding in lost control and crashed at the southbound 57 Freeway and the westbound 91 Freeway interchange. Mai, riding in the front passenger seat, was pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver and other passenger sustained minor injuries. The driver, 24-year-old Michael Keating, was charged with numerous felonies including manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol and marijuana. Mai was born July 5, 1988 in Culver City and moved with her family to Diamond Bar a few years later. As a child she was shy and reserved with an ever-growing fascination for the world around her. “She was always different,” Chiho said. “When she was 4 years old, we had a barbecue party and she was standing and she would close her eyes. She won’t move. So I said, ‘Mai, what are you doing?’ and she said, ‘I’m taking a shower of the wind.’” Chiho recalled her daughter always taking longer than normal to come home from elementary school. “(The children) are following Mai because Mai takes so long,” Chiho said. “She has to say hi to the ant, she has to say hi to the roly poly.” At a young age, Mai began to play the violin. Due to her extraordinary musical talent, she would eventually go on to be the solo opener at the Honda Center for the 2009 Reba McEntire concert. In 1993, Mai’s family opened their restaurant in Covina, called Restaurant Hayakawa. Mai would go to work with her parents and play to the beat of her own drum. “(Mai) would put flags on sticks and start running around and she would say, ‘Revolution!’ What revolution?” Chiho said, laughing. “Another story, Mai was starting her own job. She was supposed to stay in the office while we were doing business. She would stay at the door and would pretend to sell Jolly Ranchers. One Jolly Rancher, five cents.” “She saw herself going into business too,” added longtime family friend Chris Phillips. By the time Mai reached sixth grade, she began taking karate lessons that she continued through high school. Through her lessons, she began to blossom from her shell and gained more confidence. Mai was accepted to CSUF in November 2006 through the Theatre Department. “She was accepted to UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton. I said, ‘Why don’t you go to UC Riverside, which is film? Fullerton is theatre.’ And she said, ‘Mom, I don’t want to make film, I want to do acting,’” Chiho said. “So she went to Fullerton and I would say, ‘OK, today what did you do?’ And she would say, ‘Mom, today I did the penguin dance.’ She enjoyed her time at CSUF. I’m so glad we chose it, not Riverside.” At Fullerton, Mai excelled in the theatre program, her strength being playwriting. “Mai was my student for I think about two years,” said

LUCIO VILLA / Daily Titan Mai Hayakawa’s funeral service took place August 29, 2010, honoring her memory and setting up a memorial fund in her name. Courtesy of MCT

Susan Merson, playwriting instructor and founding program director of NYTI. “(She) was really developing a voice. An obvious comic (with) a great voice. I was really interested in seeing what happened with her.” Mai wrote several scripts, including her first, Peter Chan. The short play was a re-telling of Peter Pan, with the lead character Peter Chan being an escaped Chinese mental patient. The play was performed February 20 during “For Mai,” a fundraising event hosted at CSUF to raise money for the Mai Hayakawa Memorial Scholarship Fund. Mai’s play was performed by her friends and peers from the CSUF Theatre Department, along with other works the students had been working on. “The first time that I ever officially spoke to Mai was in high school. She walked right up to me with big wide eyes and said, ‘Hi!’ and then kind of just walked away,” said Jeff Lowe, a directing alumnus. “I initially thought she was friendly and a little strange. I was right, she is very strange but fantastic. I was so honored to direct (Peter Chan) and that there would be a scholarship in her name. I wanted to make sure she never went away.” The scholarship set up in Mai’s honor will allow deserving students the opportunity to study play collaboration in New York City at the NYTI’s Summer Conservatory. Mai Hayakawa was loved by everyone who knew and worked with her. Her life was taken away through no fault of her own and will now be remembered through her work and the scholarship fund that has been set up in her name.

Parenthood as a teenager Teen parents at CSUF struggle to balance schoolwork and family BEVERLY THYMES For the Daily Titan

Going to college is already hard enough. Dealing with the stress of homework, tests and campus activities can be a lot for the average college student, but add raising a child to all of that, and now you are ready for overload. There are many teen parents attending college these days. Just because you become a teen parent does not mean college has to become a distant dream. Many teen parents find a balance with raising their child and continuing their college education. Veronica N. Miranda, 21, a junior at Cal State Fullerton majoring in Chicana and Chicano studies, raises her 15-month-old daughter and works part time at a high school. Miranda is involved in M.E.Ch.A and a community dance group she dances and teaches for. She said time management is a must to balance her school and personal life. Miranda does have help from her partner, who is also a CSUF student, but still faces challenges with raising her daughter and continuing to go to college. Miranda said one of her college professors asked the class to raise their hand if their parents were col-

lege graduates, and almost the whole class had their hands down. Miranda said, “I continue to push myself to finish college, so when my daughter goes to school and is asked ‘are your parents college graduates,’ she will be able to say yes.” Tanisha Cyiark, 19, a sophomore and student at CSUF, raises her 2-year-old son and works part time at a call center. Cyiark is undecided with her major but knows she wants to go into teaching. She was 17 years old and still in high school when she found out she was pregnant. Cyiark still graduated high school and continued her plans of going to college. Although she had dreams of attending Howard University, she did not let her pregnancy stop her dreams of going to college altogether. Instead, she chose a university in her home state. Unlike Miranda, Cyiark is a single parent. She continues her college education with the help of government assistance, including food stamps and WIC. Cyiark often finds herself getting no sleep; she goes to school, work and home to put her son to bed and then stays up all night to do homework. Even though she has no time for extra activities, Cyiark continues to work hard and push herself to finish college. “It is very frustrating at times. Sometimes I feel like giving up

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completely and quitting school altogether, but I know walking across that stage and receiving my diploma at graduation will all be worth it,” Cyiark said. Even though both students currently have child care through their families, both girls say they plan to put their children in the new CSUF Children’s Center fall 2012. Miranda said, “The child care center is a great place for my daughter, so she can begin to develop her social skills.” Mothers are not the only ones who endure the struggle of raising a child while going to school. Willie R. Smith, 18, a freshman at Cal State Dominguez Hills and younger brother to Cyiark’s best friend, also raises his 5-month-old daughter. Willie had no idea he was about to be a father. He first learned of his daughter when she was born Sept. 23, 2010. Smith knew he did not want to stop going to college, and with the help of his grandmother he is still able to attend school. Trying to manage school activities, homework, term papers and a social life can be overwhelming. But doing all of this and raising a child is amazing. Having a baby does not mean your college dreams have to come to an end.

The 9.0 earthquake in Japan March 11 destroyed the homes of over 145,000 people, killing more than 13,000.

ness at Cal State Fullerton. Pham said she felt horrible when Sato told her all the details of how she went through the disaster. Pham has two sisters living in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, and her family in America and Vietnam wishes them to come to either country in order to be away from Japan because of the radiation effect, Pham said. “They (her sisters) said they don’t want to abandon their life in Japan, jobs and friends, but we are trying to convince them to come because their (lives are worth more) than anything else,” Pham said. CSUF Japan Relief Effort collected $3,118 in cash during its four-day fundraising activity from March 21 to 24. “Our initial goal was to collect $1,000, but the fundraising went really well. Japan is one of the most developed countries, so I thought the response wouldn’t be that big, but I was really surprised. I’m still getting $1,000 more in checks,” said Anna Perdomo, a senior majoring in Japanese and president of CSUF Japan Relief Effort. People were not really interested in buying origami cranes or earthquake relief wristbands, but they just wanted to donate money, Perdomo said. The money raised by CSUF Japan Relief Effort will be donated to the U.S. - Japan Council Earthquake Relief. Perdomo is planning two benefit concerts to get the monetary and non-monetary donations, such as clothes, blankets and foods. “Some say it would take five or six years before we can go back to our hometown, but some say we never can. But I have to be strong and be positive,” Sato said. Sato said she still cannot stop crying when she hears the news that many people around the world are trying to support the Japanese refugees. “The situation in Japan is not great right now, but I know Japan is a strong country and I want to show the world that we are going to be restored,” Sato said. Her new life at the nursing school started Thursday in Yokohama.


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April 13, 2011

Power at the plate, Mario’s taste

Despite newbie hazing, softball’s second baseman shows potential to lead Titans to postseason GREG WOODSON For the Daily Titan

For Titan softball freshman second baseman Lauren Mario, 18, a kinesiology major, the road to college was long and well worth the wait now that she is fulfilling her childhood dream of playing for a nationally recognized program. Mario, a San Diego native, said she started playing baseball when she was four years old and gives all the credit to her parents for letting her choose her choice of sport. “My parents tried putting me in gymnastics when I was four, but I really didn’t like it. I lived in a neighborhood full of boys, and I used to play wiffle ball with them everyday,” said Mario. “So I asked my parents if they could put me in baseball and they said yes, and I loved it.” After eight years of playing hardball, Mario began her softball career at the age of 12, which is when she really started to blossom as an athlete. While playing for Power Surge Gold, a San Diego-based travel ball team, she gained experience and became well prepared for the high school level. But prior to entering her freshman year at Rancho Bernardo High School, she suffered a rare injury to her left hand, her catching hand, which required a bone graft, a transplant of bone that is taken from one area to another, according to the Medline Plus Medical Encyclopedia. The injury, which doctors said was caused from playing catcher, sidelined Mario for eight months before she was medically released to play one week after the high school tryouts had taken place. “Once I got released, to play I talked to the coach of the team, who was a great person, and she let me try out on my own. I impressed her and I got picked up on the team, and three weeks later I was starting,” Mario said. Once making the team, Mario moved to second base because doctors

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CAMILLE TARAZON / Daily Titan Titan freshman second baseman Lauren Mario shows relaxation at the plate in the leadoff spot for third-best Big West squad.

at this level or you won’t make it.” Mario always dreamed of playing for a big school like CSUF, and now that she’s here she is not taking anything for granted. Her hard work is paying off as she has become a key attribute to the team. Senior pitcher and outfielder Ari Cervantes said overall Mario has been a good asset to the team. “She’s our leadoff batter and she has really done a great job for us. Lauren has a swag about her that’s not like a freshman … and she’s always trying to get better,” said Cervantes. “I’m really looking forward to seeing her play the rest of the season.” Mario is currently batting .241 with a .518 slugging percentage and is leading the Titans in runs scored (17), extra base hits (12) and walks (15). Her 20 total hits are among the team’s top five best as well, and she also has four home runs this season. Her most recent blast, a three-run shot in the fourth inning in game two of a doubleheader, came against UC Riverside Saturday. “Lauren’s in the leadoff spot and she’s the spark plug for us. She’s stepped in and is doing the things we






















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Softball Runs Over Highlanders The Cal State Fullerton softball team continued its drive through the Big West Conference, already matching its total number of wins in the 2010 season, standing at 4-2 in conference play. The Titans played a threegame series against the hosting UC Riverside Highlanders. The doubleheader Saturday was split between the two teams with game one going to the Highlanders in a 4-3 win. CSUF had taken the lead 3-2 in the sixth with a pair of singles and an error, but a double from Brittany Keeney to lead off the inning and a sacrifice put the tying run on the board for the Highlanders and set up the late seventh-inning win. In game two, the Titans dominated with a 6-3 win over the Highlanders. Katey Laban held UCR to two hits through six innings, while Lauren Mario and Torrie Anderson each belted home runs to help open up the victory. Mario brought in three runs with her homer in the fourth inning. Ashley Carter had an RBI-single in the sixth inning and Anderson grabbed her second home run of the year in the top of the seventh. Six Titans completed the game with hits, including 3 for 3 from Adriana Martinez and 2 for 4 from Ariel Tsuchiyama. The Titans picked up another win Sunday afternoon against the UCR Highlanders at Amy S. Harrison Field. Tsuchiyama roped two hits, including a crucial two-run homer in the sixth to help the Titans to another victory. Laban earned the win in relief as the Titans won their second straight Big West Conference series, 4-2 over UCR. The Titans return to Anderson Family Field for a three-game homestand starting with a doubleheader Saturday. Game one starts at noon and game two at 2 p.m. The deciding game Sunday kicks off at noon. Brief by Sarah Fernandez

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helped me adjust to the college life and level of play.” Nevertheless, the Titans’ goal this season is to win the Big West Conference. Mario is focused on being more consistent at the plate, making fewer errors on defense and most importantly just doing anything she can do to help the team in anyway. “Being a freshman, I wasn’t expecting too much coming into the season, so I just wanted to work hard and show my teammates and coaches what I can do to help the team win,” Mario said. “Now that I’m playing, it’s kind of crazy, kind of unbelievable, but at the same time it’s a great feeling knowing you have worked so hard and it’s paid off. I love Fullerton, it feels great, like I belong here.”




thought she would be able to do. She’s a hard worker like everyone else on the team,” said Dee Dee Kingsbury, associate head coach. Mario’s freshman experience has been great thus far, and she said her recent success comes from working on being consistent and the guidance of her teammates and coaches, who have helped her get used to the program and how things are done at CSUF. As far as “team hazing” goes, Mario said besides having to carry the heavier gear on road trips or maybe being put on cleanup duty, there really is no harsh treatment for underclassmen. “The freshmen on our team are treated really good by our teammates. They don’t mistreat us at all, and they treat us like teammates, which is nice,” Mario said. “My teammates have really



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said she could not play catcher anymore due to the constant impact her surgically repaired hand would receive. She made the transition with great ease and helped her team become a league powerhouse by her junior and senior year. Mario, a four-year letter winner for the Rancho Bernardo Broncos, helped her team to two Palomar League Championships, along with a CIF San Diego Section Division I title while batting .327 with six home runs, 27 RBIs and slugging .673. She also was an All-North County First Team choice as a sophomore, was named to the All-Palomar League First Team and the All-CIF Second Team as a junior, along with many other personal accomplishments and awards. Mario said the idea to come to CSUF began to surface after being contacted by the Titan coaching staff after playing in a high school tournament game. “I was playing in a tournament my junior year, and I think Fullerton was either recruiting another girl who was on the team we were playing against or on another field when they happened to notice me. I had a good game that day and they contacted me after that game,” Mario said. “The contact continued, and I took a visit to the campus and I really loved it. The field was beautiful and the locker room was really nice, which is a big perk. The campus was nice and it seemed like a good fit for me, so I decided to come to Fullerton.” Coming out of high school, Mario received offers from a majority of Big West Conference schools including Long Beach State and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, which she considered before making her choice. Now a Titan, Mario is making the transition well into CSUF. Academically things are pretty much the same for her because she comes from a wellrounded academic high school, but she does admit the softball aspect of coming to a big college is tougher than she thought it would be. “The competition level is really high, practices are longer and the offseason workouts are so much harder than I’ve experienced,” Mario said. “But that’s what I came here for. You have to really want it and have the love for the game


Freshman middie Ryan Forrest looks to keep the ball away from a Concordia defender. The Titans fell to the Eagles 13-12, giving them their first defeat in league on the season.

Titans fall to Eagles JEFF PRENOVOST Daily Titan

In a crucial divisional game against the Concordia University Eagles, the Cal State Fullerton men’s lacrosse club (7-4 overall, 2-1 division) lost a backand-forth match, 13-12, Friday night at Titan Track. The loss to their rivals snapped the Titans’ six-game win streak and gave them their first Southwestern Lacrosse Conference Division II defeat of the season. “They had our number; they had us scouted,” said Titan Head Coach Kyle Morrison. “We had a lot of missed shots and a lot of missed opportunities. Next time we’ll be ready to go, and I feel like we played off a little bit from our normal game.” The Eagles (11-2, 4-0) matched the physical style of play that allowed CSUF to go on the six-game streak, and they claimed a 3-2 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Titans rallied back to tie the game up 5-5 at halftime with another dominant performance from sophomore midfielder Chris Cole and an amazing no-angle score from senior attacker Mike Ansel. The crowd at Titan Track really got pumped up at the start of the third quarter. Fans for both teams lined up on the sidelines and bleachers in anticipation of the outcome between the division’s best squads. In the third, Concordia put three goals on the board in less than two minutes, but the Titans made them pay for their shot attempts and protected their goalie by putting Concordia players on their backs when they got near the net. Senior middie JR Grubert helped the Titans close the gap when he started a run from behind the Eagles’ net and

wrapped around to the crease to score a goal. The Eagles had just a one-goal lead at the start of the fourth quarter with the score 10-9. Ansel shelved another goal into the top-right corner from the middle of the field to tie the game up. Concordia made another run with two goals from freshman attacker Destin Seguin and one from junior attacker Stewart Fritchle. The Titans mounted a comeback with another goal from Ansel and Cole to bring the score to 13-12. In the final two minutes, the Titans kept the ball in the Eagles’ zone and got a few close shots off, but could not get the equalizer. The whistle blew and the Eagles’ bench cleared and rushed onto the field to celebrate the victory. “We went down three goals in the fourth quarter and battled back with a chance to score with a minute left in multiple chances, and you know sometimes when you’re down the whole game that’s all you can ask for,” said senior middie Andrew Hauke. Cole scored six goals in the previous game and put seven on the board to lead the Titans again in scoring against Concordia. Ansel finished with four goals and Grubert scored one. Freshman goalie Trevor Burns struggled to keep the ball in his possession after shots on goal and gave up a few rebound goals to the Eagles. “Our team did good, our offense was just missing on their shots. We had good shots, we just weren’t getting them on cage, and that kinda hurt us,” said sophomore midfielder Michael Ballantyne. The Cal State Fullerton men’s lacrosse team returns home to Titan Track for its final division and home game respectively against UC Irvine at 7 p.m.

The Cal State Fullerton men’s golf team wrapped up its regular season with a 12th-place finish at the Jim West Intercollegiate Golf Tournament Tuesday. The Titans finished 57 over par for the three-day tournament, which began Sunday and was held at the Victoria Country Club in Victoria, Texas. Freshman Mark Anguiano led the Titans with a 12-over-par 228 for the tournament. Anguiano’s second round 68, good for four under par, was the weekend low for a Titan and tied for the tournament low. Sophomore Dakota Duerr finished at 13 over for the tournament and led the Titans with a final round 77 Tuesday. Louisana Tech won the team competition with a score of one under par, while Southeastern Louisiana’s Philipp Westermann won the individual completion with a score of seven under par. Brief by Patrick Corbet

Track Runs Side by Side for Fourth The Cal State Fullerton men’s and women’s track and field teams both finished in fourth place at the Big West Challenge meet at UC Irvine Friday. Senior Lauren Williams won the 100-meter hurdles event with a time of 13.84, and senior Ginny English won the pole vault to give the Titan women two firstplace finishes. English cleared 11-7 ¾ inches and had no misses until the final height. Senior Ciara Short, who holds CSUF sprinting records in six individual events, did not compete in the event. Eric Grunbaum finished third in the shot put for the Titan men with a distance of 49-5 ½ inches. Andrew Sullivan finished fourth in the pole vault. UC Santa Barbara won the women’s competition, while Long Beach State took the men’s side. Brief by Patrick Corbet

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